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Mimetic Mediators: How the Markan Disciples Facilitate Emulating Jesus
University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Religious Studies and Theology. Åbo Akademi.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2203-7977
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Can the Markan disciples still be viewed as role models for the Gospel audience if secondary characters in Graeco-Roman biographies are only included for what they contribute to the portrait of the protagonist? This paper argues that ancient biographers used followers of their central characters also to provide multiple mimetic patters that clarify, broaden, and mitigate what it means to imitate their heroes. Mark’s cast of secondary characters offers three alternative patterns of behaviour for potential followers of Jesus: apostles, who emulate his itinerant lifestyle of preaching, healing, and exorcism; hosts, who provide apostles with food and shelter in their homes; and supporters, who serve the movement in other ways in accordance with their various abilities.

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2023.
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Religious Studies
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Biblical Studies, New testament
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1940OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-1940DiVA, id: diva2:1782292
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EABS Annual Meeting, 10-13 July in Syracuse, Italy
Available from: 2023-07-13 Created: 2023-07-13 Last updated: 2024-01-11Bibliographically approved

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